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economic soundness to this country. that take as big deal. a lot of pain. democrats are upset the president talked about pain on their side of the ail and republicans are saying no way will we give tax relief to middle income americans. they want to continue tax relief to the wealthy. everyone agrees a number around $4 trillion will make a serious debt on our deficit. it will send a statement to the world that the u.s. has gotten ahold of their fiscal problems and they are moving forward. it will give confidence to the american people that we can move forward to bring economic soundness. that's the president's commitment. >> 6:00 on the east coast. welcome to "morning joe." look at that nice live look at times square. joe is looking spify today. he went shopping. it is monday, july 11th. >> i don't know what that means. >> we have msnbc -- well, yes. this is unusual. we have msnbc contributor mike barnicle, john heilemann. what's so funny? >> yeah, what's so funny? i don't get it. he's back. >> we can't get him to leave. we have "morning joe" economic analyst steve rattner and in washington
to be a very busy place. we got the folk line festival under way behind me, also the big fireworks show they're getting ready for on monday. two concerts on the steps of the capitol, also at the washington monument. but from coast to coast, we're talking beaches and barbecues and camping and celebration. july 1st and the 2011 great escape is on. ♪ hot fun in the summertime >> reporter: from yosemite in the west. >> i like the girls the best. >> reporter: aaa says 39 million americans will travel 59 miles or more this long weekend. that's 1 million fewer than last year. >> reporter: you can blame the pain at pump. the national average for unleaded now $3.54 a gallon, down from the high of $3.98 on may 4th. but still 80 cents higher than a year ago. >> it's still tough because we're still kind of transitioning from how high the gas prices were so we've got in the habit of not traveling as much. >> reporter: the big surprise? while fewer people are driving than a year ago, more people are flying. air travel is up 9% this summer. >> for some people, it actually may be more convenient and cheap
" will be bittersweet will be sure a big celebration marked by big questions of what's ahead. >> bob thanks. also with us is charles bolden nasa administrator. >> good to be with you. >> there's a lot of criticism, including john glenn, by ending the program the way it's being ended without a backup plan this is ignoring a cardinal rule at nasa, saying there should be something else ready to go. how do you respond? >> we spent seven years with a well organized transition plan for phasing out shuttle and moving on to the next era. we're excited about what president obama is allowing us to do, working hard with the commercial entities we hope to fly our first commercial crew cargo missions early next year they will be american made rockets flying cargo to the international space station and starting to work with commercial entities, hope to release a request for proposal on commercial contracts to take crew to orbit, maybe three years after we let the contract we'll have a capability. >> many do see this and a number of astronauts have spoken over the last few weeks have said
. >> the mcconnell can is kicking the can down the road. the american people send us here to make big tough choices. they didn't send us here to set up a commission, give the president veto power. that's not what they sent us to do. >> it could pass the democratic controlled senate but faces a tougher fight in the republican house. >> a new group created in the wake of the financial meltdown officially launches this week. the consumer financial protection bureau begins oversight and regulatory work on thursday. president obama is expected to nominate former ohio attorney general richard correspondence dough ray to lead the agency. he currently serves as the director of enforcement. the bureau was formed to enact what president obama calls the strongest consumer protectses in our nation's history. >> some big names are coming to the white house today. president obama will meet with warren buffet and bill and melinda gates to get an update on the giving pledge. it's a promise by some of the wealthiest people in america to give most of their weal
, welcome to "the early show" here on a monday morning. i'm chris wragge. >> and i'm erica hill. >> big sports news this weekend. >> huge. >> you had to seeing it, everybody is talking about it. women's world cup soccer, after one of the most thrilling girls in the history of soccer, penalty kicks, ally krieger. tied up. everyone saying lights out, it's over, they're going over. they tie it up, shoot-out they take it 5-2 over brazil and now in the semifinals. >> they're going to meet france on twewednesday. just fantastic to watch. i love watching the players, how excited they are. brazil no joke when it comes to soccer. >> 12 years to the day after brandy chastain the shirt -- you remember that. >> i do. i do. >>> first we want to touch on yes, the debt ceiling. starting to sound like a broken record. the deadline is looming for raising the debt ceiling. there were more talks at the white house on sunday. still no resolution. president obama told lawmakers be prepared to meet again today and every day until a deal is reached. cbs news senior white house correspondent bill plante has th
's big three credit rating agencies, warned it might have to lower the country's top notch credit rating if lawmakers don't come it an agreement soon on raising the debt ceiling. this a starnlgts moodeddy's said its action was prompted by the possibility that the debt limit will not be raised in time to prevent a missed payment on u.s. bonds with a small but rising risk of a short-lived default. economists say if the aaa rating is lowered, it would throw the financial markets in to chaos and the cost of were rowing would go up for everything from mortgages to car loans. federal reserve chairman ben bernanke warned -- >> i think the worst outcome is that at some point, you know, we default on the debt and that would creates a i said before a huge financial calamity. >> reporter: sources say the president knew about the moody's warning as he headeded in to wednesday's meet which go all sides have described as very tense. republican majority leader eric cantor quoted the president as saying, i have reached the point where i say enough. would ronald reagan be sitting here? i've reached my li
, and maria. big congratulations to all of them. >> great to see that. al has the morning off. let's get the weather from the weather channel's maria la rosa. >> here at home, the weather is quiet, at least for now. as we head into the afternoon, a few widely scattered showers and thunderstorms. otherwise, partly cloudy. >>> willie, back to you. >> maria, thanks. >>> new details this morning about the apparent unraveling of the sexual assault case against former imf chief dominick strauss-kahn. this just days after he was suddenly released from house arrest. nbc's jeff rossen is with us with more. jeff, good morning. >> willie, good morning to you. he really hit the town this weekend. literally overnight dominick strauss-kahn went from ankle bracelets to freedom. he can go anywhere he wants in the country but yet he remains in new york near the scene of the alleged crime. this morning we're learning more about the case and hotel made sto maid story. within hours of his release, dominick strauss-kahn flashed a smile and took his wife to dinner. the man who sat in a kril at rikers as an ac
and democrats appear to be far apart. the big sticking point is taxes. the president says any agreement must include revenue increases but republicans are fiercely opposed. >> to get a big package would require a big tax increases in the middle of an economic situation that's extraordinarily difficult with 9.2% unemployment. we think it's a terrible idea. it's a job killer. >> if no deal is reached by august 2, the u.s. may not be able to borrow money to keep the government running and could default on its massive loans. >> if they don't act we face cats troverric damage to the american economy. >> some republicans favor cutting spending by $2 trillion. they use the obama administration of scare tactics claiming the u.s. has the money. it will not default and that there is no reason to panic. >> both sides are scheduled to meet again later today. >>> two years after being rescued from her kidnappers, jaycee dugard talks about her time in captivity in a television interview. >> her nightmare began in 1991 when she was snatched from a school bus stop by a couple at the age of eleven. she was h
says a smaller package of about $2 trillion is more realistic. >> yes it's a big package will require big tax increases. it's a job killer. >> when asked whether or not he thought that they could reach a deal in the next 10 days, the president said "we have to." his press conference is scheduled for later this morning. reporting live on capitol hill, abc 7 news. >> thanks very much. jim moran wants to hear your ideas on how to reduce the national debt. the northern virginia democrat and the nonpartisan coalition are hosting an event in arlington tonight. participants will look at budget priorities and see how they will be affected by the various proposals. and it is 6:06. we have 73 degrees on this monday. >> and when "good morning washington" returns, albert haynesworth's sexual assault case heads back to court. we'll tell you what's next for the controversial redskins player. plus, safety concerns mount after the casey anthony verdict and sentencing. what's being done at the memorial to the florida mother's young daughter, caylee? >> but
around. >> i can guarantee you there's something from a lot of big cities across the country and really something for everyone here this morning. >> all good. >>> the breaking news, former head of the international monetary fund is free to go anywhere he wants as long as he stays in the u.s. a judge friday released dominique strauss-kahn from the u.s. after prosecutors admitted there are problems with the rape case against him. sean hennessey of wcbs in new york has more. >> on this weekend strauss-kahn is enjoying his own freedom. the case is now hanging by a thread. for the first time in weeks, dominique strauss-kahn left his manhattan apartment finally free from house arrest gone with the ankle bracelet after prosecutors admitted there are problems with the housekeeper who accused him of sexual assault. >> there are substantial credibility issues. >> reporter: prosecutors admitted the 32-year-old told them a series of lies and her whereabouts after the attack, first claiming to hiding in the hallway, but later admitted to cleaning two rooms. >> i understand the circumstances surround
very much. now to our top story. the search is on for a big fix. a critical meeting at the white house this morning could defuse the debt crews. >> appears both sides may be giving, with the president reportedly willing to put social security on the table. good morning, doug. >> reporter: good morning. it's not clear how they'll get there, but democrats and republicans are looking for a grand bargain. pennsylvania avenue isn't exactly the vegas strip. they might as well have tables and dealers set up there today, because the stakes have never been higher. president obama and his twitter town hall meeting yesterday said the situation is dire if congress doesn't agree to let him borrow and spend more money. >> interest rates could go up and it could cause a whole new spiral into a second recession or worse. >> reporter: the president may continue to back something in the neighborhood of $4 trillion in deficit cuts or for 12 years in exchange for more borrowing now. though the math gets a little fuzzy. his ideas will include, according to the "washington post," big cuts in medicare and so
the crunch day is actually august 3rd, that's the day when the government has a big $23 billion social security payment and it has between $10 billion and $12 billion in tax revenue coming in. i think the really big issue for the treasury is going to be how it distinguishes between, if you will, paying back the money it already owes, paying back the government bond holders, and paying its ongoing running costs, things like social security, medicare, medicaid, military salaries and so forth, and i think the betting is that the government will put, will give a priority to paying the bills it already owes, to paying the bond holders, simply because if you don't do that, you go into massive default, and the whole global financial system i think really starts getting shaky, but not paying some of the big government commitments within the united states, that's going to get painful pretty fast. >> not paying the social securitys, the medicares, the medicaids of the world or even our defense budget that's as big of an issue for many in many mind as defaulting on our debt which would be a nonpa
are kind of in suspended animation until speaker boehner acts on this bill today but i think one of the big problems you face is that once he does send -- get this through, if he does get it through, it's going to be very hard to get any of his republicans to vote for the real compromise in a day or two or three. >> reporter: well, that's exactly right. both of your points right. first of all there are no negotiations going on in that compromise right now because all the focus is getting this passed in the house. speaker boehner isn't exactly taking calls from democrats but trying to get his own republicans in line. once he does this, this is going to be very difficult for him to get -- to go any further by way of compromise. if there is a compromise it's going to take a lot of democrats to pass it in the house. >> a lot of democrat, that's exactly right. key market openings sunday night, the next big deadline to watch for, as well. >> that's right. >> the asian market. >> elizabeth, this is just so uncertain going into the final weekend. >> well, and certainly the public is starting to los
. the scandal now spanning across the atlantic and claiming its first big victim on this "american morning." >>> and good morning. welcome, everybody. it is friday, july 15th. i'm soledad o'brien. you are watching snoonk kiran is off, christine is off, welcome soledad. good to see you. >> thank you. we have a lot to do today. let's get right to it. serious new pressure on rupert murdock and his global media empire. the justice department says it's now investigating the claims that one of its tabloids tried to hack 9/11 victims' phones. a report in another british tabloid, "the mirror" quoting a source who says "news of the world," the newspaper which folded under the pressure of the hacking scandal, hired an investigator to try to tap the phones. now lawmakers, law enforcement, and 9/11 families are all demanding the truth. >> susan candiotti following the latest for us on this and breaking, one casualty of the news international, rebekah brooks has resigned. >> the question is, does this mean that the walls are crumbling at news corp. it's too early to say, bulls this is a crack in the wa
, or 80. or yesterday, it was 100. so it's two degrees lower. not a big difference. easton, 102. d.c. at 103. and ocean city, at 100 degrees. that's the way it feels on your skin. >>> bernadette woods joins me now with a current look at the advisories in effect. and look toward the end of the week changes. >>> we have the heat advisory in effect for all of us earlier. western side of the bay. still in effect for the eastern shore here. but there's also an air quality alert, code orange for the baltimore region and d.c. region. that probably is going to be extended because we're still going to have high temperatures. but eventually, cooler air is coming our way. and that is coming pretty soon. later this week, notice how on the eastern part of the country, or northeastern part, there is a big dip coming. that's going to bring in much more comfortable air. we'll let you know how comfortable coming up. >>> first warning weather coverage continues live now with adam may. the dangerous heat this can be. >> well, that cooler weather bernadette has told you about, it can't come soon enoug
up later. >> anny, thank you. >>> well, we've got big news coming out of redskin's training camp today. the disgruntle defenseman lineman was traded to the new england patriots this morning. we have live reactions about that trade. >> reporter: i said it this morning, no surprises again here, just a lot of relief. the saga hung around for so long, but on tuesday they don't want to say another word about albert haynesworth. he department have to worry about that -- he doesn't have to worry about that michigan this redskins nightmare is officially done. >> the money is awesome, it's great. but i'm out here when i want to put that helmet on. it is to kick butt and make sure that god knows i'm the best player to ever be played against. >> reporter: it didn't happen. in the $100 million man logged just four sacks, missed four games, and claimed about the defensive scheme. while they did not speak to reporters again, fans in the area certainly did. >> when you give someone too much and just enough potential, $100 million, do you think he will work as hard? >> reporter: apparently not.
, materials. >> that money could make a big difference to a lot of people. >> and by the bill and melinda gates foundation. dedicated to the idea that all people deserve the chance to live a healthy productive life. and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> woodruff: high-level democrats and republicans alike said today's meeting at the white house marked the beginning of the end game in reaching a final deal on deficit reduction. the president and congressional leaders convened in the white house cabinet room, amid talk of a grand bargain involving social security, medicare and tax reform. when it was over, mr. obama made an unscheduled appearance in the briefing room. >> i thought it was a very constructive meeting. people were frank. we discussed the various options available to us. everybody re-confirmed the importance of completing our work and raising the debt limit ceiling so that the full faith and
the humidity and heat the horses are still breezing. they are just getting light exercise before the big day. they do it in the absence of any weather breeze, if you can believe it. the expected high is 95. the heat index, 98. officials say, no matter what, the horses will run. opening day at america's oldest sporting venue is a summertime ritual. this year the heat wave blanketing much of the country could threaten that tradition. racetrack officials are monitoring conditions and expect the races to go on as planned despite a predicted heat index of 100 degrees. races have been postponed only once before due to hot weather, during the summer of 2006. all along the east coast, people trying to enjoy the dog days of summer are feeling the heat. in outdoor rock concert in new jersey preventative cooling measures like sprinklers and slip and slides couldn't keep nearly 100 people from being treateded for heat exhaustion. at least one person was take ton the hospital. in the nation's capital it felt like 112 degrees thursday. paramedics were called to treat at least two people who collapsed on s
the forecast. wall street rallied. a big bucket of cold water was poured on wall street and the economy with the lackluster jobs. >> the economy added an average of 215,000 jobs per month in the previous three months so the anticipation was there. and it showed a stand still in june. what is it about june, do we know what happen? >> it's not just june. they went back and revised downward the prior month. they thought they had 57,000 jobs in may. it turned out it was 25,000. they got rid of it -- they revised away 45,000 additional jobs. we think there have been temporary blips in the economy, the greek situation, storms all through the south you were reporting on. you've had high gas prices and a whole lot of other things have been happening and that caused the economy to come to a stand still and hiring come to a stand still in may and june. we hope that's the case. >> you want to bring up an important thing that a lot of people don't hear about. you call it the real unemployment rate, the ratio of unemployed, discouraged workers and people working part time because they can't find ful
one of the most popular bands of all time standing by for a big summer concert. >> journey out on the plaza. they're going to be performing on what is a stage that is still drying out from overnight rain. we're happy about that. see them in our 8:30 half hour. >>> let's begin with the debt ceiling crisis in washington. kelly o'donnell has been covering this story. she's got the latest this morning. kelly, good morning. >> good morning, ann. from delayed to potentially derailed, is that where we are this morning? hours and hours went by overnight when house speaker john boehner and his leadership team were trying to get a handful of their own members to go along, to come together on a solution to raise the debt ceiling and to cut spending. but they are nowhere. so now we know that all the republican house members will meet this morning to try to find a way out. >> it's time for somebody in this town to say, yes. >> reporter: if it were only that simple. but something happened on the way to fixing the debt limit. a handful of house conservatives bucked the speaker. they refused t
to do what he calls, informing voters. >> i don't care how much misinformation, big lies they put out. the people in this state are going to vote against the dream act in november. >> reporter: charlie works in progressive maryland, which represents the illegal immigrants. she said all of those who petitioned voters, there are many more who support the dream act. >> they'll believe that it's an issue of fairness. >> reporter: about 56,000 signatures were needed to place the dream act on a referendum. state election officials received more than double the number of required names. kai, back to you. >> okay. thank you, gigi. >>> with increasing optimism, the nfl season will kick off in time. sports director mark viviano joins us now with the latest on a court ruling. >> reporter: a u.s. appeals court has ruled that the owners lockout and players stand. but a joint reaction from the league and the players states that a court decision really doesn't matter to either of them. because both sides are working on a deal. another long day of north negotiating. and while there is a gag order res
a few seconds left. if they can't get that big deal they might try for a smaller one. what happens on august 2nd if there is no agreement. >> reporter: the u.s. government runs out of money. some are looking for ways to roll over some of the debt, but this is really just managing a sinking ship more than anything. on august 4th, $87 billion in debt comes due and there needs to be a new debt to take its place, george. >> jake, thanks very muchch >>> turning now to casey anthony. she'll have to wait a little bit longer before she gets out of jail. adding an additional four days and with time already served a week from sunday will now be her last day behind bars. abc's ashleigh banfield is in orlando with the latest. how did they come up with this recalculated release date? >> reporter: just different math and honestly this is such a frenzy yesterday it's assumed they did this so quickly, once orange county jail officials went back over the numbers they realized it wasn't right. it was more clerical as we understand than anything else but it means she's getting out a little later than
's already dead. that's a big lie. >> reporter: on wednesday, casey's parents, cindy and george left home again with nothing to say publicly. the anthony family has received death threats. while outside of the courthouse, mike estherly put a sign in her window that reads "baby killer". >> how can she be free after she killed her baby. >> reporter: most protesters are venting anger, there's always a possibility one could act out, targeting tanthony family, including casey when she's released or the 12 jurors. >> some of them will be vetted and found out and people will know who they are and they're terrified of that coming out. >> it's unclear when casey is released either today or ever if she'll earn money off of her notoriety. to that end, the state has filed a motion to tax her if she is earning any profits after this. there is a law in florida that allows the prosecution to recover the costs from the investigation and the prosecution and those costs easily exceed $1 million. >> kerry sanders, kerry, interesting point. mark lipman is george and cindy anthony's attorney. good morning to
big? yes, guys would say. >> i did go looking for answers to that very question and here's what i found. ♪ if you like it then you should have put a ring on it ♪ >> reporter: put a ring on it indeed. when you're the guy to put a ring on on kardashian, there's really only one rule. it better be big. really big. >> i'm engaged. >> color? colorless. >> cut? >> brilliant. >> clarity? >> slightly occluded. >> carat? >> almost, maybe just under, more than he could afford i'm sure -- >> reporter: the famed kim-k bling is nearly 22 carats. some say, enough already. >> i think it should be elegant. to have a chunk of stone on there, you catch it on everything, don't you. doesn't look nice. >> reporter: what ever happened to the sweet little engagement ring and spinning two months' salary? for some women bigger is always better. what do you think when you hear about this 21-carat diamond ring that kim got? >> fabulous, good on her, go for it. >> is there such a thing as too big? >> no. >> reporter: who's buying these giant rocks? lisa kline of levine jewel others madison avenue in manha
this morning. big story here. we're going to look at a nuclear plant in tennessee called watts bar where a recent federal inspection found more than 40 significant problems. 40. it is a crucial issue, especially after japan's recent nuclear meltdown. one critic says regulators are gambling with people's lives. we're going to hear more from armen keteyian in this investigation. >> something you don't want to miss when you think about the future of this country's energy policy. but we begin with britain's tabloid scandal, and an unprecedented day for the owner at the center of it. rupert murdoch faces questioning by british lawmakers, who want to know more about cell phone hacking, police payoffs, and other alleged wrongdoing by reporters at his newspapers. cbs news correspondent elizabeth palmer is in london outside the house of parliament with the latest. good morning, liz. >> good morning. the murdochs are going to appear in about 2 1/2 hours from now. technically, at a session of the commons committee on culture, media and sports. but i'll tell you, in atmosphere it's much more like a
♪ looking forward to your first cup morning! big day, huh? thank you. ♪ oh that mountain grown taste, ♪ ♪ just what you need ♪ for the big race. daughter: morning mom! are you excited? ♪ as you finish every mile... ♪ how rewarding are those smiles... ♪ [ cheers from the crowd ] of wakin' up... ♪ mommy, you did it! ♪ is folgers in your cup. >>> now "good morning maryland." >>> it's 11 minutes after the hour and you may be trying to quit smoking with the helpch chantix but this could -- help of chantix but this could causeyou have a heart attack. one of the coauthors works for the hopkins school of medicine. they had a 72% greater chance of having a heart attack within a year. >>> parents, health leaders are making it easier to understand how to apply sunscreen. state health official say parents must get permission for the children to be given sunscreen by a staff member or camper but the new policy only requires parents to get permission for sunscreen application by a staff member. >>> research suggest a possible link between antidepressants taken and expectant moms an
noticed! you know these clothes are too big now, so i'm donating them. not going back there again. good for you! how'd you do it? eating right, whole grain. whole grain? whole grain. [ female announcer ] people who choose more whole grain tend to weigh less than those who don't... multigrain cheerios has five whole grains and 110 lightly sweetened calories per serving... more grains. less you! multigrain cheerios. >>> lawyers are pressing prosecutors to drop sexual assault charges against dominique straus-khan. prosecutors are considering whether they can go forward after finding his accuser lied to them. defense lawyers called a meeting with the prosecution today "productive." >>> the army psychiatrist charged in the deadly fort hood rampage will face the death penalty. this after the base commander determined that major nidal malik hasan will be saying it was more costly and time consuming. >>> james bulger pled not guilty to 19 murder counts. that plea in a boston federal court came 16 years after bulger fled the city when a federal agent warned him that there was an upcoming indict
is similar to the one that has wielded good results in maryland. >>> another big story this morning the debt ceiling negotiations lawmakers are back at it today. >> president will again sit down with congressional leaders to avoid a possible default on nations bills. doug luzader reports from capitol hill talk of compromise but not much action. >> they met for an hour and a half yesterday today they will pick up right where they left off. it is becoming groundhog day at the white house. >> all right guys, this is the same as yesterday except we are wearing ties today. all right. >>> with a verbal shove out the door reporters were left guessing how another day of talks went but we are creeping closer and closer to that august 2nd debt ceiling deadline where some of the nations bills could go unpaid there are reports the president is backing an increase in medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67 but two areas he won't budge taxes he says must go up and he is not interested in a short term deal that would require more debt talks as he is running for re-election next year. >> i will not sign a 30
. also in the chase for that award are the "big bang cheetheory" "" "the office" "30 rock" and "parks and recreation". steve car rel has yet to win an award. among his competitors, matt le blank in his comedy "episodes." marc barger, nbc news. >>> the buzz is building for something that rock and roll hasn't seen in a long time. the super group. >> yeah, the group, this band is called super heavy. mick jagger, dave stewart, josh stone, ar raman who won oscars. the first cast of characters that formed the band, rock, regular reggae, pop and soul. a tour is due out this september. >> can't wait to hear it. >>> coming up on news4, a scientific break through that's giving dentists and their patients a reason to smile. >>> and why this man is wearing a pasta strainer on his driver's license photo. the answer is coming up. >>> and for all of your news, be sure to follow news4 online. just search nbc was noirm now, this is more like it. >> yeah. >> just want it to hang on, right? at least for the weekend. >> as long as you can, you know, can keep it hanging on. >> right. gorgeous evening, in
a controversial last choice option to end the stalemate. >>> how big was it? word this morning the number of possible victims involved in that hacking scandal in britain could be in the thousands. this morning one celebrity who says he was a target, hugh grant, speaks out in a live interview. >>> and we need a bigger boat. a huge 18-foot-long saltwater crocodile leaps out of the river to the delight and terror of tourists. and the photographer who took the picture says it's no croc d the picture says it's no croc d day. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning. welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> i'm ann curry. boy, the gloves are off in washington. the move could be more today because the president and top congressional leaders are going to go back to the negotiating table yet again. >> that's right. the republicans were not at all happy with the president's comment on tuesday. now senator mitch mcconnell has offered that last chance option. we're going to tell you what he is offering straight ahead. >>> also this morning matt, it was a dea
hikers feared dead after reportedly getting caught in a dangerous current and pulled over a big waterfall at yosemite national park. and searchers are out looking for their bodies today wednesday, july 20th, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >> announcer: live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> and good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm ann curry. as you see, it's 76 degrees already at 7:00 a.m. here in new york city. and new york is one of 32 states under a heat advisory warning today. >> i think you can see that shot from above, the haze that's hanging over the city. apparently a lot of the country is trapped inside what people are calling a heat dome. inside that dome temperatures in the 90s and 100s in areas that aren't used to getting that hot. now you throw humidity on top of that, and there is simply no way to escape. how long will all this last? we'll check in with al roker on that in just a moment. >>> then we're going to talk about the woman who can really pack a punch. we're talking about wendy murdoc
and tony. the weather is the big question. thunderstorms are in the forecast for the space shuttle's launch. here at nasa godard, everyone is watching and waiting keeping their fingers crossed that the skies will clear and all system go. the space shuttle atlantis is fueled and ready to go on the launch pad at the kennedy space center. it is the last shuttle flight for the 30-year-old program which began with columbia, 1981. it's estimated that about a million people are gathering along the west coast of florida to watch the final shuttle mission. weather remains a concern with a 70% chance of thunderstorms or rain threatening to delay. atlantis must take off by sunday or monday or it will have to wait until july 16th before it launches again. when the mess is over, atlantis will join discovery and endeavour. next, sending astronauts to asteroids or to mars. future missions to the international space station will be handled by private space vehicles. they are in development right now and it's not expected to be another three fire years before they are ready to launch. so, keep your eyes out
to look at a real potential impact in the election, and also confidence in washington to tackle the big problems. >> something that's been whispered about the last few days and getting a little more traction is this question of the 14th amendment and whether its discussion that the public debt would give the president a mechanism, if all else fails, to unilaterally go in and raise the debt ceiling. what is the word from the white house and are they getting pressure fraom within the party? >> there is pressure if need be. they are saying that the president's legal team has ruled out. but there's a lot of white house lawyers who are still involved in all of the potential end game. the reality is that nobody wants to default. they recognize what the consequences of that would be. so, i think that's still under consideration, but nobody wants to push that hard while they think there's the prospect here of a deal finally emerging. >> all right, david gregory, we'll talk to you a bit later in the broadcast. thanks for now. >> thanks, lester. >>> now time to get a check of the morning's other
small number of republicans who think that we won't default and if we did it's not a big problem. they're wrong. you also have a big number of democrats and much larger number who say it doesn't matter if we spend the nation into bankruptcy. we won't go bankrupt. they're wrong. and that's even worse because there are more of them who believe that than the small number of republicans who are willing to countenance the fall. >> let me ask you something. >> let me be clear. these polls, can i just be clear about something? this is washington equivalent. polls are not equivalent. the public blames the congressional republicans much more than the president, all right? that's a fact that cannot be disputed. we should not get off with the facts are. it's not a pox on both the house. it's overwhelmingly the public blames the congressional republicans. >> james, as somebody who's made his living with polls you know as well as i do that there's not only one poll in town. there's a bunch of them. >> three of them. you can look at all three. [ overlapping speakers ] >> his numbers have been droppi
day in the big city. i'm russ mitchell. >> i'm rebecca jarvis. from the jobs to the royals and the shuttle launch and to betty ford. >> a courageous first lady who battled addiction to pain killers and addiction to alcohol and defeating breast cancer. she died in palm springs, california, she was 93 years old. scott pelley takes a look back at her remarkable life. >> reporter: relatively unknown until her husband became president, betty ford became one of the most popular and respected women in america. born elizabeth anne bloomer april 18th, 1918, she grew up in grand rapids, michigan. she dreamed of becoming a professional dancer and after high school she moved east to study under martha graham, the high priestess of modern dance. she earned a spot in the auxiliary dance troupe but her mother pressured her to leave the troupe in 1941. she performed in her own dance troupe, married and divorced and then met a young man named gerald ford, they married in 1948, weeks before ford was elected to his first term in congress. through the 1950s and '60s, they were a traditional an
'm gonna d chas veces fueron su show, showing myself farming and cutting down those big trees and planting good stuff and doing all that kind of political farming. oprah: what's it gonna be called? >> "roseanistan." oprah: "roseanistan." roseanne barr's new book "roseannearchy." "roseannearchy." thank you roseanne. bye, everybody. that was great. that was great. [captioning made possible by king world] [captioned by the national captioning institute] l preservatives? ♪ ♪ so get real. try sierra mist natural. naturally sweetened with real sugar and nothing artificial. for a crisp clean lemon lime taste. deliciously refreshing sierra mist natural. the natural one. for a refreshing twist add a splash of your favorite fruit juice. go to facebook for delicious drink ideas. upper 80s in new york. an93 in atlanta. we are having some great weather right now. no humidity. it's really nice. >> punishing. >>> we're going to talk about facebook. go to our wnnfans facebook's added yet another string to its bow yo
. it is an honor to have brigadier general leon johnson here. he came all the way there big d, dallas, texas. what a delight to have you as my guest. >> thank you for having me. >> this is going to be a special convention that starts august 3rd at the gaylord convention center, celebrating 70 years of greatness. >> yes. >> what's going to take place? >> back in 1941 on july 19th, the first class started at us the -- at tuskeegee. we will have a documentary, "for love of victory," then youth day at the convention center. there will be a youth luncheon. we're not going to sit the youth down for lunch. we'ring to let them wander through an exhibit area. we're going to have people they can interact with, because one of our big purposes with youth is giving them an opportunity to think about careers in aviation and aerospace. >> and focusing on science. and that's what the nonprofit part of tuskegee airmen, incorporated, does, trying to get them focused on science and aviation. >> our purpose is to preserve the heritage of the original airmen, because too few people know about their many accomplishment
the times plant as you approach bladensburg road. and on the rails, big delay. this is on the marc. brunswick east, train number 890, your delay is 21 minutes. i'll be back in ten minutes with another update. back to you, joe and aaron. >> danella, thank you. >>> new from overnight, holy cross hospital is fully operational now after a fire caused evacuations there. montgomery county fire investigators tell us that a heating and air conditioning unit outside the building caught fire around 11:15 last night. smoke got inside the third floor, which includes the maternity ward. hospital staff moved some patients to another part of the building while fire crews put out the flames. fire crews say no patients were in any danger. >>> the august 2nd deadline is many looin looming, and there is still no debt limit compromise. president obama will hold another press conference to update the nation on his efforts to increase the limit. melissa mollet with more on what the president is expected to say. >> that news conference is scheduled at 11:00 this morning. this comes amid new hope a deal c
, very big story today. suffocating air is moving in today. wjz found a woman on st. paul street, using an umbrella trying to keep today's heat at bay on university parkway. the high temperatures were not enough to keep work crews from making repairs. work goes on there. in northwest baltimore, you can see the heat coming off the road as temperatures climb into the 90s. and you know what? the worst of the heat is yet to come. bob turk is here with updated numbers from first warning weather. >> i think you're going to find tomorrow, much, much worse than it has been. >>> we're only at 92. yesterday, we did get up to humid 92. the dew point is way up there again at 72 degrees. when you combine those two, makes you feel like 101 degrees outside. easton just jumped up to 110. the heat index. ocean city at 92. and oakland, 83. because of these high temperatures and high dew points tomorrow, we do have an excessive heat warning. it means heat indexes tomorrow could be between 105 and once again, 110 degrees over a wide, wide area. so please, tomorrow, take it easy. you don't have to be outsid
of maryland. now, tomorrow, we talked about heat and humidity coming back big-time. tomorrow, from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., a heat advisory will be in effect through the entire region, as you can see. because temperatures tomorrow, in the upper 90s. but the real feel, the way you really feel with the humidity, will be more like 104, 105 in the afternoon. so tomorrow will be one of those days. please take it easy. stay in air conditioning if you can. tough if you're a ravens tomorrow. >> very tough. >>> still to come tonight on wjz eyewitness news. putting himself in jeopardy. how tv host alex trebek was injured. >>> looking for lead. the howard county community that is now on alert. i'm gigi barnett, in harford county. that story is just ahead. >>> a rec center is arrested for allegedly fondling two girls. >> i'm monique griego. coming up, we'll hear from parents who warrant that surprise. >>> nick. why do we have him in a shark cage? well, this is his office. we'll show you when eyewitness news continues. >>> and areee in -- we in store for a steamy weekend? stick around for the first war ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, >>> i think the big question tonight is, what dish? maryland gets hammered 2? >> it is. we had a very -- as you know, you were on that story last night. we had very violent storms roll through here last night. and we will see these right on through tonight. around 9:00 or 10:00. before we start to see some calming down. take a look at first warns live doppler radar. you can see a lot of these storms rolling on through. the entire wjz viewing area is affected by flash flood watch in effect. and a severe thunderstorm watch in effect through 9:00 p.m. tonight. and now we have flash flood warnings in effect roughly until about 6:45. and now severe thunderstorm warnings now. just a lot of rain. the entire area is going to see these thunderstorms rolling on through here. they're moving very slowly. so they're capable. producing maybe 1 to 2 inches of rain. and that does create the problems for flash flooding. so if you do see some standing waters, turn around, don't drown. don't try to go through standing water. you don't know how deep it is. and if it's moving wa
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